It is with the greatest joy that I share with you my latest release of Christian Instrumentals~ appropriately titled “Behold The Lamb.”
Why is that an appropriate name for the thirty-third album of musical instrumentals whose tracks and music are focused on various passages in the life of Christ from the Gospel of John?
Jesus Christ, the Son of God, spilled His spotless blood on the cross as an eternal sacrifice to pay for the deliverance from our sins at the age of thirty three.
I could never have known ten years ago when the Lord inspired me to publish my first album that He would give me thirty-three albums of music to glorify His name throughout the earth~or astonishingly, that He would prompt me to call the thirty-third album of music to His children “Behold The Lamb.”
The Lord encouraged me several years ago to write an attribution on the cover (or somewhere visible) on all my works that they are accomplished “…through the Indwelling Risen Lord Jesus Christ, Inspired by the Holy Spirit, to the Glory of God, in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.”
Why did He do this?
He wanted to remind not only me, but all of His children that Christ said always it was His Father within Him that did His miracles, and that apart from His Father He could do nothing.
I must remind everyone that my music from the Lord is truly a miracle gift. For I wasn’t a musician until Christ sovereignly dropped His music gift into my lap and asked me to do this work for Him. (*I’m not a trained musician and can only play or sing the music that the Lord gives me for His children. I truly can do none of my work apart from Christ.)
Jesus Christ said that He was going to dwell within each of His children who would keep His Words, and abide in Him.
Each Christian who calls on Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior is a living temple wherein the Spirit of Christ dwells.
“Or don’t you know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. Therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 WEBUS https://bible.com/bible/206/1co.6.19-20.WEBUS
Each professing Christian is a human representative or ambassador of Christ on earth who is proclaiming to the world that the risen Lord Jesus Christ lives within them.
“Look closely at yourselves. Test yourselves to see if you are living in the faith. Don’t you realize that Christ Jesus is in you? Of course, if you fail the test, He is not in you.” 2 Corinthians 13:5 ERV https://bible.com/bible/406/2co.13.5.ERV
“God decided to let His people know just how rich and glorious that truth is. That secret truth, which is for all people, is that Christ lives in you, His people. He is our hope for glory.” Colossians 1:27 ERV https://bible.com/bible/406/col.1.27.ERV
“We are therefore ambassadors on behalf of Christ, as though God were entreating by us: we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For Him who knew no sin He made to be sin on our behalf, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Corinthians 5:20-21 WEBUS https://bible.com/bible/206/2co.5.20-21.WEBUS
The Lord Jesus Christ redeemed us with His spotless blood and only has our best interest in mind.
His Word admonishes us to seek the Lord, for we cannot cultivate our relationship with Him without abiding in fellowship with our Lord.
Each one of these verses is an admonition to remain in the presence of the Lord.
Rejoice always…be joyful how, and why?
We give our praise to God for His wondrous blessings!
What is one of His beautiful blessings? Forgiveness. He forgives all our sins. He suffered and died on the cross to forever cleanse us from the stain of sin.
Others may condemn us for our faults but read what the scriptures say and rejoice in Christ!
“Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect [when it is] God Who justifies [that is, Who puts us in right relation to Himself? Who shall come forward and accuse or impeach those whom God has chosen? Will God, Who acquits us?] Who is there to condemn [us]? Will Christ Jesus (the Messiah), Who died, or rather Who was raised from the dead, Who is at the right hand of God actually pleading as He intercedes for us?” Romans 8:33-34 AMPC https://bible.com/bible/8/rom.8.33-34.AMPC
We meditate on Christ and the precious gifts we have in Him.
Pray without ceasing..this is abiding in Christ’s presence and it takes a choice admittedly and a determination not to abide in the world or conform to it.
Give thanks in all circumstances, and this is really a difficult one, but we can still abide in Christ here even when we vent to Him because Hebrews 4 says:
“Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:14-16 ESV https://bible.com/bible/59/heb.4.14-16.ESV
No matter what our issue, if we choose to, we can abide in Christ or His Word would not have said it was His Will for us to do so.
Truly, I know these spiritual practices are challenging and take much perseverance and prayer.
But our Lord loves each of us very much. He redeemed us with His blood, therefore He paid the highest possible price for our souls.
“But when we live in a right way, it is like living in the light. God is always in the light. So, if we live in the light, we share together in the life which God gives. And when Jesus, the Son of God, died on the cross, He saved us from all our sins. The blood of His sacrifice makes us clean. If we say that we never do any wrong thing, we are deceiving ourselves. Even though we may think it is true, it is a lie. Instead, we should agree that we have done wrong things and tell that to God. Then God will forgive us for our sins. He always does what He has promised to do. He always does what is right. He will forgive us and He will make us clean again, whatever bad things we may have done. God says that all people have done wrong things. So, if we say that we have not done any wrong thing, we are saying that God tells lies. It shows that we have not accepted His message at all.” 1 John 1:7-10 EASY https://bible.com/bible/2079/1jn.1.7-10.EASY
When we stumble and make mistakes, (and we all do because we are human, not one of us is perfect,) Jesus does not condemn us; when we humbly go to Him and ask, He forgives us and says, “…let’s try again.”
His Spirit within us is there to help us hear His voice in our hearts and want to obey Him. (*See Romans 8)
I’m very excited about sharing the Lord’s new album inspired by the Holy Spirit as a tribute to Christ’s life and redemptive ministry, and pray that the Lord will speak through His Word to each heart that listens to His songs and encourage them mightily with His love and grace, in Jesus’ name, amen.
In Christ’s love,
“And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.” 1 John 5:20 ESV https://bible.com/bible/59/1jn.5.20.ESV
Angels are important to us spiritually for we learn what God desires in the hearts of those who love and serve Him as we study His Word and reflect on what it teaches us.
From Psalm 103 we learn that one of the most important things about angels is that they are primarily God’s servants who hear God’s voice, and are always obedient to do the Lord’s will.
From the Bible we learn that an Angel of God always hears God’s voice and obeys His will. God’s angels love God and trust Him.
But wasn’t the devil once one of God’s Angels?
• What does that word perfect mean?
What turned this Angel’s heart against his Master and Creator?
Concerning the devil, Jesus had a few things to say. In speaking to the religious authorities who appeared perfect and flawlessly righteous outwardly, yet inwardly, in their hearts they were very corrupt.
Perfect is to God an altogether different concept from what is conceived by the devil and those formerly holy angels the evil one deceived into joining him in rebelling against our Creator.
God’s idea of perfection is a far cry from what humans imagine who have been seduced by the enemy into focusing on themselves and their appearance, on what they do, and if they do it better than others; how much money they earn, and how they can earn more, and then how they can best show off their success to others.
Depending on their age many souls are absorbed with either their popularity, their looks, their health, their jobs, school, career, their family, social media, etc.
Since they can’t see or hear Christ, they simply dismiss Him as irrelevant to their lives. They will value everything the world prizes rather than believing in what the Bible says is true.
They will not seek to know and love God for themselves in a vertical, personal relationship. For deep down they have a mistrust of spiritual, unseen things.
However God treasures those spiritual qualities in the soul who willlisten to His voice, trust, and obey Him regardless of what anyone says or thinks about them, or what their obedience to Him might cost them.
It is a heart that completely acknowledges who God is, seeks to abide every moment in total submission to His sovereign authority, and to the Lord’s rightful expectation of worship that is due Him from their spirit, soul, mind and body.
It combines those attributes into a heart that passionately loves and desires to worship Him more than anything else.
God is their whole reason and motivation for living.
Such a heart looks like Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
The Gospel of Matthew relates that on the Eve of His Crucifixion, in the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus was praying to His Heavenly Father and sweating great drops of blood, His temptations were so dreadful.
Therefore we undergo trials and afflictions according to His Word. And when we suffer we are to rejoice.
No human will ever reach complete perfection this side of heaven. Only Christ was perfect. But Christ is always working on the hearts He redeemed with His spotless blood, and who have committed their lives to Him.
Though the Christian is saved by God’s grace and given Christ’s righteousness, the Apostle Paul reminds us that we must not continue to live in sin once we ask Jesus to be our Lord and Savior.
It is the Lord’s work in our lives to sanctify us within. We participate in this process through our obedience to Him. Our will must always beto do Christ’s will.
God wants a soul to care what He thinks about them more than what the public or their family or friends think about them.
God is more interested in knowing that we esteem His honor, affirmation, and encouragement than the popularity, honor, and esteem of the world.
If we must have the world’s favor rather the esteem and honor that the Lord wants to bestow upon us for obeying His will, then we show Him that we neither love, fear, nor truly have any real faith in Him.
If we do not really believe that we can hear and discern Christ’s voice so that we can learn to know His will for us, then we do not really believe that the teaching of the risen Lord Jesus Christ is true.
The holy Angels of the Most High God live to worship and obey the Lord with all their heart, soul, mind and strength.
Like the Angels who sang over the fields in Bethlehem on the first Christmas.
They worship and glorify God always in the way He directs them.
God’s Angels exist to extol the perfections of their Creator, not their own.
For the moment an Angel’s mind becomes self focused it is no longer holy, and is transformed like vain Lucifer into a devil and must be thrust from the Lord’s presence.
Perfectionism is self focused, ever working to please humans. It never glorifies God, but exhausts itself trying to appear as if it had no visible flaws.
Jesus warned the Pharisees (religious rulers) that even though they appeared morally flawless outwardly, that in their hearts they were filled with dead men’s bones. He called them hypocrites.
Satan, the once beautiful, upright anointed Angel of God, a creature who seemed perfect and without fault, until “… iniquity was found in him, ” once beheld the beautiful face of God and worshiped Him.
So also did the third of the Angels whom the devil led into a rebellion against the Almighty.
They did not remain in their position with God because they trusted and believed an unholy lie.
What had been light became dark and corrupted with evil.
Whatever we might imagine we are outwardly, if we don’t truly know the Risen Lord Jesus Christ, if we do not seek His face in private personal prayer, humbly abiding in continual fellowship with Him, listening for His voice, and know and understand by faith His Wordand will, and obey it, then we are in danger of offering our Lord the outwardly perfect sacrifice of the Pharisees and of Cain, instead of the sacrifice God has asked us for, which Cain’s brother Abel, and which Christ gave to the Lord, and which found favor with God.
Both Abel’s and Christ’s sacrifices involved the absolute submission of their entire wills to God. In both cases it was not necessarily the gift they desired to give to God, but the gift God desired from them.
Heavenly Father, may You give me a humble, holy heart just like the Angels, that exists to hear Thy voice and obey Thee, to worship and extol Thy perfections, and those of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, thank You, I love You, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Paths Of Waiting Before The Lord is my latest music album of comforting Christian prayersongs, released last month. This new video recounts through my original art and in my own words the compelling story behind that album.
May the Lord use my story on this video to bless and encourage those who need to be reminded that Jesus loves them, of His forgiveness and grace, and that He answers our prayers in His own way and time, according to our needs, in Jesus’ name, amen.
To listen to the songs on Paths of Waiting follow the link to my Hear & Now Website or listen on your favorite streaming station.
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